On election day in the capital, it is raining so hard that no
one has bothered to come out to vote. The politicians are growing
jittery. Should they reschedule the elections for another day?
Around three o'clock, the rain finally stops. Promptly at four,
voters rush to the polling stations, as if they had been ordered to
But when the ballots are counted, more than 70 percent are blank.
The citizens are rebellious. A state of emergency is declared. But
are the authorities acting too precipitously? Or even blindly? The
word evokes terrible memories of the plague of blindness that hit
the city four years before, and of the one woman who kept her
sight. Could she be behind the blank ballots? A police
superintendent is put on the case.
What begins as a satire on governments and the sometimes dubious
efficacy of the democratic system turns into something far more
sinister. A singular novel from the author of Blindness.